Hi everybody! The biggest, most exciting project of my life is live now – the Heroes Unleashed Kickstarter!
This is a massive universe of superhero stories, told as a collection of interconnected novel series from different authors following their own characters in the same world. Cameos and crossovers will abound! Silver Empire Press is planning on releasing a novel a month so there will be plenty of stories for you binge readers out there. To make them all easy to find, even though each series has a different author, all the Heroes Unleashed stories will share a co-author: Thomas Plutarch, who lives in-universe and has his own superpower, the power of perfect recall.
Silver Empire is running Kickstarter campaigns to launch five series at a time. They are changing print and distribution services so that they get better quality books, but the downside is that the new place takes 90 days to pay royalties. Silver Empire wants to treat their authors well and pay them as soon as possible. So the Kickstarter acts as a preorder system so the authors can start getting paid for their books a lot sooner. This whole project has some meticulous and brilliant planning behind it!
The first series starts with Heroes Fall by Morgan Newquist, and two of my characters have a cameo in it! A young hero must solve the mystery of the tragedy that left one of the great heroes of Serenity City dead and another out of his mind and imprisoned while their former friend is the last remaining of the famous Triumvirate that once protected the city.
The next series is Gemini Warrior by J.D. Cowan. Two men are joined by the power of the Gemini Bracelets and are thrown into another world where magic exists. They must work together to save two worlds that want them both dead.
Then Hugo Award and Dragon Award nominee Kai Wai Cheah has a huge series planned, starting with Hollow City about a superhero police officer forced to turn vigilante. It's a grittier story but his writing is so good!
The Phoenix Ring by Jon Mollison follows a superspy as he takes down a massive conspiracy in this world of superheroes and mayhem.
Atlantean Archons: Apprentice by Richard Watts is about the last Knight of Atlantis, who has guarded the world against unimaginable horrors for thousands of years, and is now dying. But he and his unready apprentice have uncovered a plot to rouse a sleeping chaos god...
All this is just Phase 1 to make sure the first five series get a proper sendoff. At this point in the campaign, any pledge – even just a dollar – gets you the first chapter of almost every novel, right away. But the other pledge rewards include bundles of ebooks, signed paperbacks, and even signed special Kickstarter edition hardbacks. Check it out!
And guess what is most exciting for me personally – I get to be in Phase 2! My superhero novel series about Pen and Kail will get in a Kickstarter just like this, because my book got accepted as part of Heroes Unleashed too! I can't wait until I find out who else is in with me.
Come back tomorrow for my post on how that happened!
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